In a bold stand against a corporate giant, the Municipality of Binalbagan in Negros Occidental has banned the selling of Coke products during their fiesta activities in silent protest against the company’s use and importation of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which has greatly affected the local sugar industry.
Aside from the health issues related to HFCS consumption, HFCS importation threatens the sole livelihood and the very existence of millions of small sugarcane farmers, farm workers, and their families in Negros.
Barangay Talotog of Murcia also prohibited the sale of all Coca-Cola products in their village.
The resolution dated April 19 was authored by Kagawad Ariel Muyco and unanimously seconded by Kagawads Remy Valenzuela, Haydee Java, Danilo Perla, Liza Olmido, Wennie Magbanua and Josephine Tonugbanua. The resolution was signed by village chief Teresita Viñas, members of the barangay council, and Barangay Secretary Cynthia Malata. The resolution said that Coca-Cola products contain HFCS which is detrimental to one’s health. Its importation as
The resolution said that Coca-Cola products contain HFCS which is detrimental to one’s health. Its importation as a primary sweetener for its products is a big insult to the sugar industry, the resolution said. It stressed that Negros Occidental is a sugar-producing province, and the barangay depends primarily on the sugar industry for its livelihood.
Muyco said they held a public hearing on the effects of HFCS to their livelihood and health. “We also met with sari-sari store owners who all agreed to pass this resolution banning the sale of Coke products in our barangay,” he added. Aaron Sorbito, chairman of the ARBs Sugar Farmers Federation-Kilusang Pagbabago-Negros Island Region, said the passage of the resolution is the concrete result of their group’s advocacy against the economic and health threats posed by HFCS to marginal sugar farmers. “Barangay Talotog is just the beginning. Expect more barangays to declare a similar boycott soon,” said
Expect more barangays to declare a similar boycott soon,” said Sorbito. “We will continue educating our people in the grassroots about the ill-effects of HFCS.” – Sunstar